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BMC Exchange 2015 Forum – Bring IT to Life

BMC Exchange 2015 Forum – Bring IT to Life
Held in Armani Hotel Burj Khalifa DUBAI
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Transforming Business to Digital Enterprise
Modernizing IT Operations in Digital Enterprise
Datacenter Automation


RackSpace Hosting

To improve reach and performance:

Customer Experience

Operational Processes 

Business Models

Creating value in new frontiers

Creating value for core business

Digital business brokerage

Business insights and analytics policy orchestration 

A new approach is needed real-time automated self-service intuitive open and secure

Digital service Management assurance infrastructure optimization automation 

Security and risk mitigation with  Open integration 

BMC MyIT  Developing service MyIT service Broker

TrueSight Intelligence/Pulse 

The Platform Evolution

DataCenter deploy in months lives for years Snowflakes”

VMs Clouds deploy in minutes lives for weeks “standards”

Containers deploy in seconds  lives for hours “simple”

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ADEC and Google to train 250,000 students to code

The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) and Google have announced a new program which will train up to a quarter of a million public and private school students in computer programming skills.

The Computer Science (CS) First program, created by Google, is intended to give students in Abu Dhabi access to training in programming skills. The program is supported with training and capacity building for all Abu Dhabi ICT teachers and after-school coding clubs.

The program was initially offered to 30,000 students on September 2015 in grades 4, 5 and 9 across public schools, and will be offered to the rest of the public and private school students in other grades within two years.

The launch was attended by HE Dr Ahmed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Secretary-General of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council; HE Dr Mugheer Al Khaili, Chairman of the Health Authority Abu Dhabi and member of the Executive Council who inaugurated the event; HE Saeed Eid Al Ghafli. Chairman of Department of Municipal Affairs and member of the Executive Council; HE Rashed Laheq Al Mansoori, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Center (ADSIC); HE Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Mohamad Mourad, Regional Director for Google MENA alongside important dignitaries from both ADEC and Google.

The intensive course will be embedded in the classroom equipping students with the basics of ‘Scratch’, a student-friendly programming language that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed. By learning to program with Scratch, students will learn to think productively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically.

These skills contribute to developing learners and knowledge creators across platforms, a key long-term growth engine expanding Abu Dhabi’s internet ecosystem, while building a future talent pool to drive Abu Dhabi’s innovative development.

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Microsoft Azure IT Camp in Dubai

Microsoft Azure IT Camp
Held in The H hotel Dubai
Cloud is not anymore the future, it is in the past if you have not migrated yet.

How to monetize your collected information data.

Microsoft has always been big on the hybrid cloud, which is no surprise given its focus on enterprise customers. This week, however, it’s taking this idea even further with the announcement of the Microsoft Azure Stack. This new service extends Azure’s application development and deployment model to any data center, whether that’s an enterprise on-premise data center or that of a hosting company.

Azure Stack will bring Microsoft’s technologies for software-defined networking, pooling direct-attached storage, handling (and securing) virtual machines and monitoring this cloud to on-premise data centers. It’s essentially a new private cloud solution for IT pros and makes it easier for developers to scale their apps across their existing data centers and then boost to the cloud if they need more capacity on short notice.

Azure Service Fabric, Microsoft’s new service for running microservices, will run on Azure Stack, and developers can use the new Azure Resource Manager to consistently deploy applications to either the public Azure cloud or to an Azure Stack data center.

For now, the focus of Azure Stack is on running Windows and Linux virtual machines, though. That’s where Microsoft believes most of its enterprise customers still are (though containers are starting to make inroads there, too). Over time, Microsoft plans to bring more Azure services to Azure Stack, too.

The service will also integrate the Azure Preview Portal, so developers can self-provision the services they need on their local cloud (or burst up to the public cloud). The service is integrated with lots of enterprise billing solutions. Currently, enterprise IT regularly deals with groups that decide to route around it in order to provision cloud servers. With this new solution, developers shouldn’t have to do this anymore.

Microsoft general manager for cloud platform marketing Mike Schutz told me Microsoft wants to make the customer’s data centers the edge of its cloud and its customers should be able to think of Azure as the edge of their cloud.

Azure Stack will go into preview later this summer and should become generally available in 2016, once Windows Server 2016 becomes available, too.

Microsoft also today announced the Operations Management Suite. The idea here is to make it easier for IT to manage and monitor on-premise and cloud-based applications, no matter where they run and what they run on (Azure, AWS, Windows Server, Linux, VMWare and OpenStack). The company says the new tool integrates much of what the Azure team has learned from running its cloud.

The suite combines four services: log analytics, security tools, automation tools, and application and data protection services. Over time, Microsoft plans to add cloud-based patching, inventory, alerting and container management to the service, too.

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عمالقة التجارة الإلكترونية

November 9, 2015 — Seven of the world’s largest internet companies control 80% of the $300 billion-plus online economy, five based in the U.S. and two in China

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Etisalat offers high speed public Wi-Fi

Etisalat has launched ‘UAE WiFi by Etisalat’, a high-speed public WiFi in the UAE, which allows UAE’s residents to connect to the Internet using their mobile devices in more than 250 public locations across the country.

Customer subscribed to 1GB mobile data allowance or higher can enjoy free access through the public WiFi. Free allowance starts from 5 hours up to 30 hours of high-speed unlimited WiFi Internet, depending on the mobile data package.

All UAE residents can also enjoy unlimited data access with Etisalat’s attractive WiFi packages, priced at AED25 for two days, and AED100 for ten days. Customers can pay by either using their local credit cards, or by using Wasel recharge card. Validity of the paid packages begins from the first instance of access to the WiFi package.

To find exact location of Etisalat WiFi hotspots customers can visit or use ‘Around Me’ interactive map in the Etisalat App.

Khaled ElKhouly, chief consumer officer at Etisalat, said: “The UAE is the region’s fastest growing hub for business. It is result of the forward thinking on the part of this country’s visionary leaders. Keeping with their vision, Etisalat has laid out an excellent telecom infrastructure to enable connectivity for residents and businesses. We are taking it a step further and making free, high-speed and unlimited public Wi-Fi a norm, helping people stay connected more than ever before.

“Etisalat services stand for quality, and quality is what we aim to deliver with our uninterrupted, high-speed public WiFi service. No advertisement pop-ups mean customers can enjoy a seamless mobile experience as they browse the Internet, use social messenger services or stream videos on UAE WiFi by Etisalat,” he added.

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Visa, FireEye launch cyber intelligence service

Visa and FireEye have announced the launch of Visa Threat Intelligence, powered by FireEye.

According to both parties, the solution is tailored to the needs of the payments industry, this new service will deliver real-time threat information to merchants and issuers so they can quickly assess and act on the most critical cyber-attacks that could breach their payment systems.

Visa Threat Intelligence is a product available as part of a new global strategic partnership between Visa Inc. and FireEye. Beginning late 2015, subscribers will gain access to a powerful web portal that distils the latest proprietary cyber intelligence relevant to payment systems into actionable information, including timely alerts on malicious actors, methods, trends in cyber-attacks, and in-depth forensic analysis from recent data breaches.

“Each week, merchants and card issuers receive thousands of alerts about possible cyber-attacks, making it difficult to know which ones to focus on,” said Mark Nelsen, Senior Vice President of Risk Products and Business Intelligence, Visa Inc. “Visa Threat Intelligence removes the noise by assessing hundreds of threat indicators and serving-up the most important and timely information. Users can then isolate and address those threats that are the most pressing and potentially damaging to their business and customers.”

According to Visa, users can also take advantage of APIs that can automatically feed threat indicator data into their own security systems. A premium offering will grant access to advanced tools, powered by FireEye virtual execution engine (MVX) technology, that analyse and isolate malicious indicators from malware to identify suspicious activity from IP addresses and domains.

In addition, the firm highlights that the Visa Threat Intelligence will provide a secure platform where clients can opt to form trusted communities and safely exchange real-time threat intelligence.

“Attack groups are exceptionally skilled at executing an attack across multiple organizations, identifying successful techniques and scaling those methods to an entire industry,” said Grady Summers, Chief Technology Officer, FireEye, Inc. “By partnering with Visa, we can provide targeted intelligence to the payments industry to combat the economies of scale that attackers employ and help create a community united in a common defense.”

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The Printing industry perfect storm

Throughout this series, and the Drupa 2012 series, I have highlighted the primary technology drivers and constraints of production inkjet. We have looked at the factors that have constrained variable print to move from lower quality applications to higher quality direct mail and marketing applications. In the last three years, advances in a few areas have made that move possible. The advances are primarily in new and better control of print heads, better inks, and a much wider selection of readily available and more affordable inkjet treated papers.

One of the real advances in the newer production inkjet presses is the ability to handle a wider range of applications. When K&H was looking at production inkjet presses, they wanted one that they could get certified for election ballot production, but that also could be used for commercial print. They selected the Canon Océ ColorStream 3900, and had it installed last July. Loken mentioned that when they first installed their press, they found that inkjet treated paper availability in the Pacific Northwest was not what it is today. Part of the problem was that they were one of the first printers in the Northwest with a production inkjet machine. Sometimes it is challenging being the first to jump in to new technology, but the long term benefits of an established platform and reputation can make up for it.

Wilen Direct is not new to production inkjet. The company has had Kodak printheads on its offset presses for about 10 years. The imprinting gave them and their customers a taste of what could be done with variable print, and the introduction of the Prosper 5000 a little over two years ago started a drive to transform Wilen and its customers to over 95% variable data production. Wilen recently purchased a Kodak Prosper 6000 to increase capacity and speed while further enhancing quality to expand their offerings

Hansaprint in Finland was the first company to order the new Ricoh VC60000 after its beta in the Netherlands, and it will be running production work next week. Jukka Saariluoma, Hansaprint’s Business Unit Director, shared that this new press will bring new capabilities to the company which already is a “white paper” variable data printer. Hansaprint started with a Kodak Versamark press in 2002 and has subsequently added other presses, including an Infoprint 5000. Its existing work is a mix of book, newspaper and magazine publishing and expanding further into direct mail and perhaps even POS. Hansaprint sees the VC60000 as a platform that will offer them the flexibility to support their diverse mix

Meeting today’s disparate production needs
However, I don’t want you to think that these are the only really important features in PRINERGY. In fact, in PRINERGY 7, Kodak has continued the tradition of developing, integrating and adapting functionality to meet the changing requirements of a technologically evolving marketplace. Of course, PRINERGY still retains its legacy CTP workflow functionality. But in PRINERGY 7, Kodak has also recognized the changing realities of today’s print service provider, building a system that can become the prepress hub for both analog and digital print production.
One of the most important feature upgrades in PRINERGY Version 7 is the addition of centralized control over 3rd party digital and conventional presses. This functionality is supported through the use of JDF job-ticketing parameters for multiple devices, manually and/or through Rules Based Automation (RBA). PRINERGY Workflow will also monitor and report back the status of each device: digital, presses, CTP devices and proofers through JMF for supported devices. Kodak has the experience, acquired through CREO to support even tighter integration with many digital press devices, so it will be interesting to see what the future brings.

Another big change in PRINERGY 7 is the introduction of Preflight+, a new Preflight engine. This new engine is based on the Callas pdfToolbox preflight engine, the same preflight technology found natively in Adobe Acrobat Pro. Preflight+ conforms to the latest PDF/X and GWG (Ghent Workgroup) standards and specifications to help ensure successful production. You can configure the new Preflight+ profiles directly in PRINERGY to analyze and fix files, and it will also support the use of profiles created directly in pdfToolbox. Preflight+ supports all common file types, including PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3, PDF/X-4 and-4p, PDF/VT-1 and VT-2. It can even validate PDF/X-5 files. It can create layered PDF/X-4 OCCDs for multilingual/multi-version publication and packaging files. It also supports ICC and DeviceLink profiles and color-conversion blends. More importantly, the Callas engine brings a whole new level of PDF processing control to PRINERGY, and I am looking forward to seeing where Kodak will take this capability in future releases.
PRINERGY has supported PDF versioning in the past, but in this new version it is further enhanced through the introduction of Layered PDF Versioning to support the automation of highly complex publication and packaging jobs.
Automation and connectivity has been enhanced through the further development of Business Link, the two-way communication bridge between PRINERGY and MIS systems. This new upgrade supports many new MIS systems, and it facilitates automated job creation and set-up via the exchange of product- and process-related JDF data between the MIS and PRINERGY.
Color Management functionality was one of its core features when PRINERGY was initially introduced, and it has also been upgraded in PRINERGY 7. ColorFlow Software can access your facility’s resource equipment and materials database to automatically validate your color capabilities. From there, operators can just select the appropriate print condition and run the job. Further upgrades include improved grey balance; easy to use bump curves; support of tonal curves for spot colors; and enhanced support for flexo, digital and inkjet presses.
PRINERGY 7 is not a new clean sheet product development, but it is a significant upgrade to what is already a very strong prepress production workflow solution. As print service providers are looking at standardized and centralized control of their changing and disparate production system, this new release is one that deserves a hard look.
In particular, as I review the list of upgraded functionality in PRINERGY 7, it has become obvious that Kodak has been fine tuning the tools that support label and packaging production. They made a strong commitment to labels and packaging beginning with the introduction of Pandora in 2005. Since then, they have been adding and refining solutions that enhance support for this vertical, and now that they are in a position to allocate resources to further development, they seem very focused on it.
In support of new developments in the workflow area, Kodak recently announced the appointment of Allan Brown as the new, yet very experienced, GM of the Kodak Unified Workflow Solutions Group. Cary Sherburne did a great interview with Allan, and after reading it, you can begin to see that Kodak considers PRINERGY Workflow solutions as a core of its investment and development strategies.


مناطيد غوغل توفر خدمة الإنترنت

October 29, 2015 — Google has unveiled Project Loon, a plan to boost Internet access across rural Indonesia using 20,000 helium balloons. The balloons — in the stratosphere, 20km above the Earth’s surface — will cover the nation’s 250 million people across its 17,500 islands with 10Mb access. Loon is currently in operation with Vodaphone in New Zealand

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ستار دخاني داخل شبكة العنكبوت لسرقة البيا نات

October 27, 2015 — The deputy director of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), Richard Ledgett, has warned of the increasing danger of destructive cyber attacks by states.

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Meet the real architects of tomorrow’s enterprise cloud

In the not-too-distant future, you’re going to hear a lot more about the CNCF (Cloud Native Computing Foundation). The brainchild of Craig McLuckie, product manager for Google Cloud Platform and founder of Google’s Kubernetes project, the CNCF will lead the development of a standardized, open source platform for managing next-gen enterprise clouds of Docker containers.

Why is the CNCF so important? Because the future of enterprise computing is the cloud, and the future of the cloud is in the emerging container layer enabled by Docker and its rapidly expanding ecosystem. Basically, the CNCF’s mission is to take the hyperscale technology developed by such Internet giants as Google, Facebook, and Twitter and deliver it to the enterprise, resulting in what McLuckie calls “radical operational efficiencies.”

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Sysadmins Linux GUIs

What are some good GUI tools that can simplify your Linux sysadmin tasks? Let’s take a look at 10 of them.

1: MySQL Workbench

MySQL Workbench is one of my favorite tools for working with MySQL databases. You can work locally or remotely with this well designed GUI tool. But MySQL.

2: phpMyAdmin

phpMyAdmin is another MySQL administration tool… only web based. Although it doesn’t offer the bells and whistles of MySQL Workbench.

3: Webmin

Webmin is a web-based one-stop-shop tool for administering Linux servers. With Webmin you can manage nearly every single aspect of a server—user accounts, Apache, DNS, file sharing, security, databases.

4: YaST

YaST stands for Yet Another Setup Tool. It enables system configuration for enterprise-grade SUSEand openSUSE

5: Shorewall

Shorewall is a GUI for configuring iptables. Yes, there are other GUIs for tuning the security of your system, but many of them don’t go nearly as deep as Shorewall.

6: Apache Directory

Apache Directory is about the only solid GUI tool for managing any LDAP server (though it is designed particularly for ApacheDS).


CUPS is the Linux printer service that also happens to have a web-based GUI tool for the management of printers.

8: cPanel

cPanel is one of the finest web-based administration tools you’ll use. It lets you configure sites, customers’ sites and services, and quite a bit more. With this tool you can configure/manage mail, security, domains, apps, apps, files, databases, logs—the list goes on and on.

9: Zenmap

Zenmap is the official front end for the Nmap network scanner. With this tool, both beginners and advanced users can quickly and easily scan their network to troubleshoot issues.

10: Cockpit

Cockpit was created by Red Hat to make server administration easier. With this web-based GUI you can tackle tasks like storage administration, journal inspection, starting/stopping services, and multiple server monitoring. Cockpit will run on Fedora Server, Arch Linux, CentOS Atomic, Fedora Atomic, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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competitors will cash in on the heels of Dell/EMC merger

To say the $67B Dell and EMC merger is big and complex is an understatement. Dell will be borrowing the majority of the cash needed to complete the deal.

A component of the deal requires Dell to issue VMware tracking stock to current EMC shareholders. As a result, Dell will have a 40% ownership stake in VMware while maintaining voting control of the company. Customers and the market are wondering about the long-term impacts of Dell controlling VMware.

I reached out to VMware to understand how customers could benefit from the new relationship with Dell. A VMware spokesperson responded with: “It’s important to note that VMware will continue executing on its mission of providing customers value through software-defined computing, networking and storage solutions, together with its cloud, mobile and desktop offerings. This doesn’t change.”

Stu Miniman, Principal Research Contribute with Wikibon, commented, “Overall, the deal does not have any immediate impact on VMware.” I agree – but that’s the short-term impact. There are three major areas that I predict may impact the VMware ecosystem.

Software-defined computing

VMware has consistently tried to diversify beyond the hypervisor. Competitors such as Nutanix and Scale Computing have begun to deliver on the promise of open source solutions such as KVM. Both Nutanix and Scale deliver solutions that manage VM running on KVM. Customers have figured out how to virtualize applications atop of KVM to be more than a good enough experience. Similarly as noted by ZDNet’s Larry Dignan, Microsoft’s Hyper-V offers additional choice. VMware has continued to dominate due to enterprise-friendly features such as DRS and HA.

There’s no overlap directly between VMware and Dell on the hypervisor, though it’s difficult to ignore Dell’s relationships with VMware competitors; the most visible relationship is the one with Nutanix. Dell sells a branded Nutanix hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solution. VMware sells EVO:RAIL that competes directly with Nutanix. Today, Dell sells both EVO:RAIL and Nutanix HCI solution; it would make sense for Dell to focus its efforts on selling EVO:RAIL over Nutanix or outright let the Nutanix agreement expire.


I’ve always thought that VMware holds back on adding features to its storage products. VMware has the potential to be disruptive with x86 server SAN. The disruption would come at the cost of its parent EMC or its soon-to-be-parent Dell. One need looks no further than Nutanix to see this market’s potential. From a maturity perspective, I compare the Nutanix solution to EMC’s and Dell midrange storage offerings. Talking to a Nutanix Solutions Architect, he claims never to have lost a deal to EMC’s high-end VMAX array. The point is that I don’t expect VMware to rock the boat for either of Dell and EMC’s core storage businesses.


Dell has been very active in the white box switch market. In the past, Dell has teamed up with software-defined networking solution providers such as VMware and Cumulus. One of the early marketing messages around VMware’s NSX solution has been the ability to use commoditized network products such as the products Dell produces. NSX provides the network intelligence and services in networks built on commodity hardware.

I’ve always wondered what VMware’s Network GM Martin Casado could create if VMware purchased a network hardware provider. The new relationship with Dell may prove the closest the industry sees to a VMware-branded network device. I’m looking for the Dell product roadmap future partnerships with providers such as Arista Networks.


I expect VMware competitors to capitalize on the uncertainty that comes from any large merger. I agree with Miniman’s assessment that the EMC and Dell merger doesn’t directly impact VMware. I believe it is an opportunity to examine your technology regarding VMware technologies.

It’s plausible that Dell may outright buy the remaining portion at VMware at some point. Dell has stated that it intends to increase its stake in VMware in the coming years. If this happens, there will be major changes to VMware products and the virtualization industry at large

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IT should transfer from the School of Not to the School of Thought and become a vocal presence within the business

I have long maintained that while the C-Suite can see the business strategically across all levels, only IT is positioned to understand the business at an operational level.

No department has as much cross-functional interaction or expertise to understand the processes, flows and integrated relationships of the business.

But this perspective is lost on our business leaders who see little point in affording IT any opportunity where it can provide value based on this unique positioning.

Truth be told our input is rarely asked for and often rejected as misinformed if offered.

What a shame, because our knowledge and experience offers a different perspective on how things operate – and more importantly on how they can potentially operate better and more innovatively.

There are two schools of IT thought.

One is that IT is not in the ‘solutioning’ business, and that it is neither our place nor is it our function to interfere or participate in generating business requirements or future strategic imperatives. This is what I call the ‘The School of Not’.

The second is that IT should participate in driving business innovation through knowledge sharing and a seat on the executive board – where we are an active versus passive player in the evolution of the business: the School of Thought.

Those in the School of Not that don’t allow techies to be more than order takers are propagating the marginalization of IT and its ability to shape and improve businesses. But those in the School of Thought still have a challenge, as it is likely that while the business accepts their position it probably does not respect their input.

The paradox is that as long as IT sits by as a bystander versus being an active participant in business execution, its ability to do its role successfully is impacted. We are ultimately accountable for failed projects and initiatives or least partially so. This drives the business to continue to distance itself from IT and see it as a combative adversary, further perpetuating the issue.

This is no easy obstacle to overcome as credibility needs to be earned and playing an active role in innovation for the business requires a proven track record and executive respect.

The first thing we can do is transfer from the School of Not to the School of Thought and become a vocal presence within the business.

One easy way to start achieving the credibility we need is to advocate the benefits of projects and technology beyond the business unit.

In many cases, development requests or software platforms can be applied beneficially across multiple business units that may not be the driver of the business case. Getting more value and benefit out of enterprise applications which then have a higher return will allow for respect to be forged.

While any journey to garner more respect will be a long road to travel what I know for sure is that businesses fail to see the value of our view of the business and it is hurting businesses and IT alike.

Our ability to understand processes and inter-workings between departments is the most underutilized IT capability in businesses today.

Changing this would improve efficiency, value and any businesses competitive advantage.

How to change it, without alienating business leaders who still think of us as ‘techies’ without any functional business knowledge, is a challenge we must rise to – and a battle we must win.


Since Dell will acquire EMC that dominates VMware shares, Will VMware remain independent? Will company start peddling Dell hardware?

With Dell acquiring EMC for a record $67 billion, it raises the question: What does this all mean for VMware and its customers?

Officially, Dell says VMware will remain an independent publicly traded company. The wrinkle is that EMC owns 83% of VMware’s stock; and Dell is acquiring EMC

Forrester analyst Glenn O’Donnell says he expects the impact of the merger on VMware customers to be minimal. “You can basically look at this as some musical chairs at the high end,” he says. But other analysts say there could be significant opportunities for Dell to combine its hardware with VMware’s software.

In a conference call discussing the deal, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger made it sound like business as usual. He spoke of the “substantial leverage” the merger will create for all the companies involved.

But there was a larger point in making that statement: Gelsinger said VMware is still committed to working with other vendors; VMware will not be turning into just a Dell reseller.

Chairman and CEO Michael Dell seemed to support that idea. “Our industry has a long history of companies collaborating and also competing against each other. Certainly that will continue here.”

Simon Robinson, an analyst at the 451 Research Group says there is no doubt Dell will explore ways to cross-sell VMware and Dell products, but he says it would be wise to let VMware remain independent. “The first question many VMware customers will ask is whether this will mean they are somehow locked in to Dell,” Robinson says. “Keeping VMware at arms length was the best thing EMC did, and Dell should do the same.”

There could be tantalizing opportunities for Dell to see its hardware in major growth markets where VMware operates. These include cloud computing, converged infrastructure and software defined networking.

Over the past two years VMware has developed software called EVO to manage converged infrastructure environments – these are systems that offer a combined management platform for compute, network and storage in a single hardware appliance. In the past, VMware has allowed any hardware vendor to run the software, so long as certain technical specifications are met. Dell could push for it to be a primary hardware supplier for EVO though.

Wikibon analyst Brian Gracely says the combined EMC/Dell company could pressure customers into exploring alternative hardware options. “In the near-term (e.g. immediate refresh cycles), it doesn’t impact customers,” Gracely says, because the deal isn’t expected to close until mid 2016. “Mid to long-term, (this merger) could impact (VMware customers’) underlying hardware buys.” One interesting angle to watch here is that Dell is a major partner of Nutanix, another converged infrastructure vendor. Dell could be double-dipping in this market if it keeps that relationship going.

Cloud computing is another major area that could be impacted by this merger. Because of VMware’s strength in the compute virtualization market, it is turning into an important vendor in building private cloud management software – with a product named vCenter. Perhaps there could be combined hardware/software offerings in this market too.

Constellation Research analyst Holger Mueller wonders what will happen on the public cloud side though. Dell scrapped its plans to build a public cloud a few years ago, deciding instead to specialize in helping customers manage multiple clouds (Dell bought the company Enstratius, which it turned into Dell Cloud Manager).

Meanwhile, VMware has built its vCloud Air public cloud. The question becomes: Will Dell support VMware building out its vCloudAir public cloud, or will Dell push VMware to embrace its multi-cloud management toolset?

“The key will be that the new Dell can play on both sides of the spectrum – on premises and selling to cloud providers, something that VMware was very good at,” Mueller says. “But the question ultimately is can Dell create its own (public) cloud infrastructure?”

O’Donnell, the Forrester analyst, says Dell could look to expand its role in the networking market thanks to the merger. VMware’s NSX product is one of the leading software defined networking products – although it still trails Cisco’s offering. “This merger could help position Dell much more strongly in the networking space,” he says.

All of these potential combinations of Dell and VMware will have to be worked out carefully. VMware will want to balance its independence; Dell may want to integrate its hardware products into VMware sales. “In terms of what VMware customers will get from the Dell ownership, I think that the opportunity for Dell is to vastly simplify the whole infrastructure/IT procurement and management process,” says Robinson. “Some customers are going to buy into that, but not all of them.”

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